Entertainment / Arts

British historical drama Downton Abbey in Lankan cinemas

Views - 4 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

British historical period drama film Downton Abbey will be screened in Lankan cinemas from Friday 20 September. The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Centre, MC Cinemas and Empire Cinema. Downton Abbey acts as a continuation of the


‘Anoma’ the monograph launched in Colombo

Views - 16 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Encapsulating 50 years of the work of Anoma Wijewardene, the monograph ‘Anoma’ which was launched at the iconic award-winning Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London on International Women’s Day, made its Colombo debut in September thi


S. Vishvanathan earns ‘Kalaimaamani’ title

Views - 6 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The State Awards Ceremony for Tamil Artists 2019, which recognises contributions to traditional and modern arts by Tamil Sri Lankans, was held at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium recently. The event was organised by the Ministry of National Integration, O


Tribute to poet Subramanya Bharathi today

Views - 4 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, is organising an evening of Bharathiyar songs by Darshani Arulanandam at 6 p.m. today, 20 September, at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Arula


‘The Adelaide Choral Fest – Broadway Musicals’ by choirs of Gateway Colleges

Views - 8 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The Gateway Colleges, in their endeavour to create opportunities for students to showcase their creative talents, will be organising their Choral Festival for the fourth consecutive year and for the second year with the University of Adelaide. This


Midori performs Brahms, Debussy and Faure

Views - 36 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

On 26 September at 7 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) will present arguably the most important classical music concert of the year – the extraordinary violinist, Midori, with Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano.


Get ready to be ‘Politically ඉන්correct’

Views - 14 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:04

The road to stand-up comedy was one that Gehan Blok and Dino Corera have wanted to explore since they were fresh out of school. Since their debut to the theatre scene, the two, along with Dominic Keller and Pasan Ranawera have expanded their repertoi


‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes) on 21 September

Views - 61 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:02

‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes), an experimental multi-media play directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri, will be staged on 21 September at 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre. ‘Nodutu Aes’ is based on Kumari Kumaragamage’s poems in


‘Golden Voice of North’: A musical contest

Views - 14 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

At the request of the youths of the Northern Province who wish to achieve in the field of music, the age limit of the applicant applying for the ‘Golden Voice of North’ has been increased to 30. Under the direction of Governor of Northern Provinc


‘Balloth Ekka Baa 2’ on 14 September

Views - 12 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Peradeniya University Alumni Association of Colombo Chapter will present ‘Balloth Ekka Baa 2’ on 14 September at 6:30 p.m. at New Town Hall Green Path Colombo 7. Popular artists Gihan Fernando, Kumara Thirimaduwa, Chamila Pieris, Sarath Karunara


Governor visits Jaffna Book Fair

Views - 14 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Governor of Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan visited Jaffna Book Fair 2019 which was held on a grand scale at Jaffna Veerasingam Hall. As Sunday (1) was the final day, he presented gifts to the winners of the various competitions held to mark thi


SLT VisionCom recognises outstanding performers at PEO TV Awards 2018

Views - 12 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

SLT VisionCom Ltd. held its annual Awards Night recently at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, where the senior management created a notable experience among staff by recognising the best performers of the company in 2018. Employees who excelled in all disci


Oh what a night: The De Lanerolle brothers keeping it real

Views - 18 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

By Anusha David In what was undoubtedly a stellar performance the De Lanerolle Brothers together with the National Unity Orchestra, rocked the BMICH in what was clearly a night to remember! A non-stop 1 hour 45 minute show celebrating 10 years in th


Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka’s ‘We Remember’ concert on Sunday

Views - 26 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) returns to the stage on with a concert dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives and those who live in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings. It is fitting to note a donation made up of con


‘A Million Dreams’: Debut art exhibition by Swendrini

Views - 17 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

It is not unusual for talented women to put their personal dreams on the backburner while they tend to their families and responsibilities at work. Fortunately for art lovers, Swendrini Gunasekara, who has been sketching and painting for as long as s


Sri Lankan performing artists and musicians felicitated in Washington DC

Views - 12 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

On an initiative taken by Ambassador Rodney Perera, the Sri Lankan Embassy hosted a felicitation ceremony on 15 August at the chancery premises at which a group of iconic Sri Lankan performing and musical composers were honoured and celebrated in rec


August events held by SVCC

Views - 30 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, successfully organised several cultural programs in August. The highlights of the month were performances of Indian Classical dances, such as Kathak by Richa Gupta and Vidha


Midori to perform inaugural fund raising concert for Chamber Music Society’s Education Fund

Views - 22 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

At 7 p.m. on 26 September, one of the great violinists of the world today, Midori, will perform at the Lionel Wendt in a gala violin and piano concert, the performance to include works by Brahms, Debussy and Fauré. Collaborating on piano will be Iev


Identities Inc. back with ‘Politically ඉන්correct’

Views - 23 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

A stand-up comedy show that ‘plays on your sensibilities and preys on your sensitivities’ is how Identities Inc. describes their upcoming show, ‘Politically ඉන්correct’. This September, the theatre company brings to the stage a fresh ne


Bharatha Natyam recital by ICCR Scholar Abiramy Patkunam today

Views - 19 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be organising a Bharatanatyam Recital by Abiramy Patkunam at 6 p.m. on 6 September at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Abiramy Patkunam is


‘Creative Activities for Children’ program by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House to begin next session

Views - 20 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as ‘Somalatha Subasinghe Play House’ commences its next session of ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on 7 September. The program is open to children from ag


Chokolaate Centerstage 2019 auditions tomorrow

Views - 25 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Chokolaate Centerstage 2019, the most sought after teen talent contest in the country, returns for its 4th edition this year in search of the country’s best young talent. Soloists, duos, or groups, bands, beat boxers and the latest category of beat


Sandya Salgado reveals ‘Her Way’ in maiden memoir ‘Not Just My Good Karma’

Views - 68 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

By Capt Elmo Jayawardena The launch was at the Sooriya Village, and the event was colourful to say the least and the gathering was mostly literature-lovers and friends and family of the author. They had come to honour the author Sandya Salgado when s


Anoma: A review

Views - 120 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

By Dr. Tara Coomaraswamy The impressive monograph Anoma features artist Anoma Wijewardene, whose career spans 45 years. Trained at London’s iconic Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, her distinctive artworks have been exhibited


Unleash your inner Beyoncé at Elevate’s ‘Battle of Beyhive’ karaoke party

Views - 24 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Colombo’s highest rooftop bar, Elevate, is calling on all Beyoncé super fans to loosen up their vocal chords, dust off their dancing shoes and channel their inner ‘Sasha Fierce’ on 6 September at the ‘Battle of Beyhive’ karaoke party. Orga


‘Voice of the North’ musical contest

Views - 20 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Under the direction of Governor of Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, ‘Voice of North 2019’ – a musical contest is to be conducted by the Governor’s Secretariat along with the Provincial Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. This con


Brazilian National Day: A bit of history

Views - 51 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

By Winston Alexander Silva The Brazilian National Day, officially on 7 September, celebrates the historical moment of the declaration of the independence of Brazil from Portugal, proclaimed by the then prince Pedro in 1822, on the banks of the Ipiran


Munchee partners SIGNIS Sri Lankafor 42nd Telecine Awards 2019

Views - 33 Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:05

Munchee was the proud sponsor of the 42ndSIGNIS Salutation Awards which washeld at the BMICH recently where numerous awards were presented to Sri Lankantelevision and cinema artistes in recognition of their exemplary contribution to the respective fi


Family Night with Perera & Perera

Views - 37 Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:03

The Old Boys’ Association of St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa is organising a Mega Musical Extravaganza ‘Family Night with Perera & Perera’ on 14 September at Ramadia Ranmal Holiday Resort, Moratuwa. The most two popular bands in Sri Lanka, G


Bharatha Natyam recital by Anuka King today

Views - 23 Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:03

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be organising a Bharatha Natyam recital by Anuka King at 6 p.m. on 29 August at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Anuka King is an accomplis


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